Zach Fanko

Goaltender Controversy Nothing New for Detroit

Detroit Red Wings goaltender, Petr Mrazek, has proved efficient in the place of Jimmy Howard, who has missed the last ten games since a slight groin tear against Washington on Jan 10.

In ten games, Mrazek has gone 9-1, with a 2.54 GAA (goals against average) and a .913 save percentage. With Howard being activated off of injured reserve following Detroit’s 3-1 win over Arizona last Saturday, the expectation was that Howard would start tonight’s game in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. on NBCSN). However, head coach Mike Babcock has decided to give Mrazek the start and have Howard on the bench. Read More…

Red Wings Making the Grade

After 48 games, the Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to make it to the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season. They currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division at 28-11-9 (65 points) and are riding a six-game winning streak after their 5-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

As was the case last year, the young guns in Detroit have led the way for a successful season so far. Let’s take a look at how the position groups have fared and how they project going into the stretch run for the playoffs. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – Jan. 22

Just in time for the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, Octopi Hockeytown is back!

Hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal discuss where the Red Wings stand going into the All-Star weekend and what is in store for the second half of the season. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #23 – 12/2/14

On this edition of Octopi Hockeytown, Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal discuss the recent hot streak by the Red Wings and how they have been winning games.

Later in the show they talk about a possible comeback for the legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur. This and more on this week’s edition of Octopi Hockeytown. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #22 – 11/18/14

This week on Octopi Hockeytown, hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal breakdown this past weekend’s Original Six match-ups against Chicago and Montreal. They then delve into this week’s three-game road trip highlighted by a Saturday night tilt in Toronto.

Later on, Zach and Brian have a compelling discussion about a possible expansion of the NHL and about which cities would be the best fit for hockey.

To close out this week’s show Zach and Brian unveil their top-five power rankings Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #21 – 11/12/14

On the latest episode of Octopi Hockeytown, new hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal breakdown last week’s games for the Red Wings and preview this weekend’s upcoming games against Chicago and Montreal.

Later in the show, Zach and Brian take a look at the rest of the NHL and give their top five power rankings for the week. Read More…

Mullane Advances to Quarterfinals of ITA Midwest Regionals

It was an exciting weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Championships were held. The Michigan State men’s tennis team had a successful weekend, advancing to the quarterfinals in both the singles and doubles main draw tournaments.

During the singles portion of the tournament, the Spartans had four participants, including junior John Patrick Mullane, who began play as the No. 8 seed in the 64-player field. Mullane defeated Jorge Gonzalez Soler of UW-Green Bay, Matt Mendez of Ohio State and Eddy Covalschi of Notre Dame before bowing out against No. 13 seed Aron Hiltzik of Illinois in the quarterfinals. Read More…

Women’s Tennis Finish Off Weekend in Akron

After spending last weekend in Evanston, Illinois, for the Wildcat Invite, the Spartans women’s tennis team headed east to Northern Ohio for the Akron Invitational. West Virginia and Cornell competed with MSU along with host Akron.

While the Spartans had a successful weekend in singles matches, winning 11 of 18 matches, they struggled in doubles as they were only able to come away victorious in five of 11 matches. Read More…

Match Point – #3 – 7/14/14

Head coach Gene Orlando stops by to tell us how the offseason is going for men’s tennis, and Zach wraps up Wimbledon with a few thoughts of his own on this episode of Match Point.

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Spartans Sink Boilermakers

Michigan State (10-13, 4-6) started off senior weekend with a bang, defeating No. 28 Purdue 5-2 at the outdoor tennis courts.

“It feels good to finally get one, especially for the seniors who were trying to give them a good sendoff,” said freshman Brett Forman, who won in both doubles and singles competition.

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